How Two Deaf Mountaineers Thrive on High Peaks

Scott Lehmann and Shayna Unger converse in ASL on a snow covered mountain

Communication can be the difference between life and death in mountaineering. Climbers Scott Lehmann and Shayna Unger know that as well as anyone.

During their 2018 ascent of Argentina’s 22,837-foot Aconcagua, climbers Scott Lehmann, 33, and Shayna Unger, 30, carried pads of paper and pens in their pockets. As they stayed at Camp 2 at 18,000 feet and awaited good weather, the two wrote down questions on the pad about the forecast and about route conditions, and then showed their written inquiries to other climbers they met. It was a cumbersome means of communication, but it was the best way for Lehmann and Unger to obtain the information, since both climbers are deaf.

Other climbers proved to be unhelpful and indecisive in answering their inquiries—Lehmann and Unger believe the climbers didn’t want to be responsible for their safety on the peak. So, the two tried a different strategy. They awoke one morning at 4 A.M., unzipped the flap of their tent, and stared out into the darkness to see if other teams were preparing to push for the summit. Every few hours, they peeked their heads out of the tent, searching the camp for headlamps. Eventually, after two nights of staring into the dark pre-dawn sky, Lehmann and Unger saw lights flickering in a neighboring tent and then climbers emerging to move up the mountain. They knew it was time to climb.

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Rehoboth Beach Museum ASL Tour (October 1, 2022)

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The Rehoboth Beach Museum invites deaf and hard of hearing visitors to join a museum docent and an American Sign Language (ASL) interpreter for a tour of our current exhibits. Visitors will explore both permanent exhibits and our new seasonal showcase, the Needlework Exhibition. The tour is free with registration.

More information and to register for the tour –

– Thanks to Mariella Trosko and DDSC for sharing the event!


Maryland DeafBlind Training in Salisbury (Aug. 10, 2022)

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Interested in earning a little extra income while providing a worthwhile service to individuals of Maryland’s Deafblind community?

Become a Communication Facilitator (CF)!

The Maryland Accessible Telecommunication Program is hosting an information and training event at Deaf Independent Living Association (DILA), 806 Snow Hill Road, Salisbury, MD Wednesday August 10th.

Join us in-person or virtually.

Trainer Eddie Martinez and MAT manager, Kevin Steffy will provide information from 11 to 12:30 and more detailed training from 1 to 2.

For a Zoom link, please RSVP by Tuesday August 9th by emailing Kevin Steffy at You can also VP Kevin at 410-246-4418 for more information.

And don’t forget –

we will be on the north beach at Indian River Inlet State Park for

Deaf Community Surf Day

August 11th all day with surf’s up noon to 3!

So, if you can’t make the 10th but are interested, talk to us then!


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Communication Facilitator explained

– Thanks to Maryland Accessible Telecommunication Program


Xbox Celebrates the Gaming and Disability Community for Global Accessibility Awareness Day

Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD) is a great time to bring visibility to the importance of digital access and inclusion and to celebrate the over 400 million players with disabilities playing and creating across the globe. Today, I am excited to share some of the work Team Xbox has done in partnership with the disability community, to bring the power of play and connection to more people. For it is only when we all come together, are intentional about our focus on accessibility throughout the year, and push for more representation in our games and people creating them, that we can truly make Xbox a place where everyone can have fun and experience the joy of gaming. To us this means,

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NHL brings in sign language interpreter for commissioner

DENVER — Brice Christianson went to sporting events as a child and realized how inaccessible that world was for his deaf father.

On Wednesday night, he stood 10 feet from NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman translating English into American Sign Language for the annual state of the league address at the Stanley Cup Final. Christianson was shown picture-in-picture on NHL Network interpreting Bettman and Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly’s remarks.

Sign language interpreters have been present for national anthems, but this represented the NHL’s biggest step yet to make the stories around hockey available to the deaf and hard of hearing community.

“We’re just scratching the surface,” said Christianson, who is the CEO for P-X-P, which specializes in making sports and entertainment more accessible for the deaf and hard of hearing. “Before, we always felt like we were lucky. Like I felt like we were lucky to be here, they’re giving us an opportunity, and I don’t mean this arrogantly, but now I feel like we belong.”

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Conversation with Miriam Zadek | Miriam Hearing Sister: A Memoir

Book cover - Miriam Hearing Sister: A Memoir

Join us for a conversation with Miriam Zadek, author of Miriam Hearing Sister: A Memoir, which documents her experiences growing up in a New York Jewish family with both deaf and hearing members from the 1930s through World War II and beyond. Zadek presents a narrative of historical and cultural importance centered on her personal account of the lives of deaf and hearing Jewish people in the mid-twentieth century. Her memoir is an elegant literary work that offers an understanding of how biases and stigmas resonate and evolve, and it showcases her loving family of strong women who pushed against stereotypes and have thrived across generations.

Miriam Zadek is a recipient of the Maryland Governor’s Service Lifetime Achievement Award, given in recognition of her more than forty years of service to deaf and hard of hearing individuals, their families, and others seeking communication access resources. She is the founder of Maryland’s only nonprofit American Sign Language interpreting referral agency, as well as the Zadek Family Education Program. She served on the board of the Hearing and Speech Agency (HASA) of Metropolitan Baltimore and most recently was appointed to the HASA President’s Advisory Board. Zadek’s philanthropic impact includes an endowment at Columbia University’s School of Social Work that supports the graduate work of deaf students, or students who are preparing to work with deaf and disabled people.

This program is co-sponsored by Seaside Jewish Community. American Sign Language interpretation and closed captioning will be available during this event.

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My aunt miriam wrote this book and her book signing at Lewes Library at 5 pm on October 26th. Interpreter will be provided
The lady who is standing is my mother and the baby girl on lap is Mal s mother. The curly hair is my aunt miriam
From DDSC Sherry
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